Want to put a SOLD sign on your home, should you choose a Realtor or FSBO (For Sale By Owner)? Use a Realtor! A new survey just out by HomeGain show that 66% of sellers using a Realtor sold their homes vs. just 30% of For Sale By Owner (FSBO) sellers! 22% of the FSBO sellers ended up using a Realtor and 55% of those homes then sold. 85% of all sellers, whether their home sold or not, would use a Realtor again. Seventy-one percent of FSBOs who managed to sell their homes on their own said they would try and sell their home on their own again. Realtor or FSBO – A Realtor knows the dynamics of the market and can better assist sellers in preparing to sell their home and determining the correct price.
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And the top real estate website is, according to the just released 2011 statistics, REMAX.com! It was the number one site for consumers searching for real estate! As most of us know, more and more people are turning to the internet for all their shopping needs and this does also include real estate. Statistically about 88% of home buyers search for their home online, and about 40% of home buyers actually find the home that they buy online. What this says to me is that for a seller, getting internet exposure is really the key to getting your home sold! Other major players that are not themselves real estate companies are Realtor.com, Zillow.com and Trulia.com which make up about 20% of the sites consumers are searching. When I list a home, that home is not only on the sites I have mentioned but on another 40+ sites. My goal is to have your home out there for the public to see and to present it so that they also want to set up a showing and possibly write an offer. Many larger real estate companies are dropping off of some of the major real estate websites which will limit internet exposure for their listings, this is definitely not what you want if you are a seller! If you are considering selling your home, give me a call! I would be more than happy to go over my internet marketing plan with you!